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News Release
Don't turn your "Butterball" into a fire ball! - 11/24/21

It's that time of year again, when we try to out cook ourselves from last year's Thanksgiving meal. Despite the many online videos and tales of someone attempting to deep fry a turkey and having it go south, firefighters around the country still respond to calls of residential fires and worse yet, personal injuries caused by an improperly deep-fried turkey. Turkey fryers are a common way to cook turkeys, but they can be dangerous if they are not used properly. Clackamas Fire has a few tips to help insure a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Remember to always make sure that your turkey is completely thawed before placing it  in the hot oil. Moisture causes hot oil to erupt. This will cause the oil to boil over and ignite. So make sure your turkey is thawed and dry before placing it in the oil. 

Secondly, it is important to make sure you don't have too much oil in the pot. Again, too much oil will overflow when displaced by the turkey and ignite when it hits the burner or open flame.

And lastly, make sure to cook the turkey outside away from your home and other structures on a non-combustible surface such as gravel. 

We at Clackamas Fire hope you enjoy the holiday. We hope we don't see you, but we're here if you need us!


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